Mary Lacy was the first known female Shipwright. In May 1759, aged 19, Lacy changed into men’s clothes, travelled to Chatham and joined the crew of the newly launched 90-gun ship Sandwich as Carpenter’s Mate under the name of William Chandler.
Lacy’s story is eccentric and unique, but it does reveal aspects of the impact war had on civil society. It also shows how a lower-class woman daringly navigated the opportunities offered by Britain’s foreign policy and imperial ambition, for material benefit.
Join us on Thursday 15 July, when Dr. Margarette Lincoln will explore the importance of Mary Lacy’s biography, published in 1773. We will examine her story in the context of contemporary attitudes to women, as well as the fascination for cross-dressing women and how they were represented in the eighteenth century.
The talk will take place virtually via Zoom and will be followed by a Q&A with Margarette.
This event is part of a programme of activity for our temporary exhibition, Hidden Heroines: the untold stories of women of the Dockyard , running from 29 May – 31 October 2021.
The talk is free to attend.
Please supply your name and email address on the contact form below. We will send you a link to access the talk nearer the time.
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Dr Margarette Lincoln was a Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London from 2015 to 2020, and is Curator Emeritus at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, where she was Deputy Director until 2015. Her latest book, London and the Seventeenth Century, will be published by Yale in February 2021.